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Savella Information
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January - February 10

Here is some information on Savella which I copied from a site about lawsuits:

The prominent consumer group Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA to initiate a recall for Savella, saying that the fibromyalgia drug’s heart and suicide risks outweigh its benefits.

The Savella recall petition was sent to the agency on January 20, calling for the drug’s immediate removal from the market. Public Citizen claims that the benefits of the drug are highly questionable, and note that side effects of Savella could increase the risk of hypertension, heart problems and has been linked to suicidal tendencies.

Savella (milnacipran) is produced by Cypress Bioscience, Inc. and Forest Laboratories, Inc. It is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) and is similar to many antidepressants currently on the market. The drug is contraindicated for people taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and those who have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.

It was approved by the FDA for treatment of fibromyalgia in adults on January 14, 2009. While the drug is used as an antidepressant in Europe, the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) refused to approve Savella for fibromyalgia treatment in July 2009, saying that the drug had marginal benefits that failed to outweigh the health risks from Savella side effects.

 

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